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Mary Caroline Richards papers, 1898-2007, bulk 1942-1999

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Richards (Mary Caroline) papers
Series III. Writings, 1905-1999 14.2 Linear Feet (35 boxes)
Series III.B. Poetry of M.C. Richards, 1935-1999, undated 1.7 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Series III.B. holds Richards's poetry manuscripts and poetry typescripts, published and unpublished, often with annotations and corrections. Some titles of poems are included but they are not comprehensively listed in the inventory. Richards often assembled poems into deliberate collections which are represented when identified.
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically. Some poems are represented in multiple places because of differing collections.
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35, 128 1935-1941 circa 10 items
Box 128, folder 1 is from ADD3.
35, 128 1944-1949 84 items
"Love Thine Enemy," 1944; "Blue Strikes Like the Head of a Match," 1948. Also includes poems that comprise Richards's book, self-printed at Black Mountain College in 1947, see Series I.A.
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128 2 1950-1954 6 items
"Sky-Writing," 1950; "Call Fire," 1951; "Journal April, 1951"; "Poem" (published in Resistance), 1953.
128 3 1955 8 items
"To My New Goat;" "Christmas Poems;" "Winter."
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35 7 before 1958 270 page(s)
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35, 128 1958-1960 95 items
"Bontonniere," 1958; "Poem," 1958; "April, 1959"; "Letter March 29, 1960;" "Dream Pentecost," 1960; "Radio Tubes," 1960; "Bird Song," 1960.
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35 10 "Recovery of the Child in Manhood," 1959 30 page(s)
Poem, including notes and corrections.
35 11-12 after 1960, undated 120 page(s)
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128 5-5a 1961-1965 circa 6 items
"November 6, 1961;" "Poem to the Lover Who Goes Away for Vacation," 1962; "Pieta," 1964. Box 128, folder 5a is from materials received from the estate in 2015.
128 6 1970-1973 5 items
"Chief Crazy Horse at Fountain Hall" published in Cresset, 1971; "Grandfather of the West," 1971; "Prayer," 1971; "Haiku for Ruth's Birthday," 1973.
128 7-7a 1974-1976 10 items
"For SM," 1974; "The Door," 1974; "Easter Wind," 1974; "Angels and So Forth," 1974; "Against Spring," 1974; "The Stars Do Not Accuse," 1974; "Sea Angel," 1976; "Your name, Florida," 1976.
Box 128, folder 7a is from materials received from the estate in 2015.
128 8 1977-1979 5 items
"Christmas 1977;" "Christmas Poem," 1978; "New Year," 1978; "Seeds of Rubies," 1978; "Ode to A Duck," 1979.
128 9 1980-1981 19 items
"Walking For PB," 1980; "Poems from Rosaly's Workshop," 1980; "Frans," 1980; "Christmas," 1980; "For Little Singing Bear," 1981; "For Ursula," 1981; "Dear Andrew," 1981; "November 8, 1981;" "Behold Behold," 1981; "The Sound of Spring," 1981.
128 10 1983 32 items
"Potter;" "Poet;" "Apple;" "Homage;" "Autumn Grandeur."
128 11-11a "Flag of Leaves," 1984 3 items
Poem compilation. Folder 11a is from materials received from the estate in 2015.
128 12 1984-1985 22 items
"Nirvana," 1984; "The Sea Has Wings," 1984; "How to Rake Water," 1984; "MidWinter Festival," 1985.
128 13 "Journal: Agriculture Poetry Recipes," 1985 November 1 item
128 14 "Poems by Mary Caroline Richards for Paintings by Thomas S. Buechner," 1986-1988 89 items
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129 1 1986-1987 10 items
"Chinese Landscape Drawing," 1986; "Summer," 1987; "To the Being of Love," 1987.
129 2 1988 14 items
"Easterside;" "Good Friday Athlete".
129 3 Haystack class work, 1988 17 items
"Our First Day;" "Sunset;" "Colors".
129 4 "Benediction," 1989 5 items
Includes copy published in Creation.
129 5-5a 1989 circa 40 items
"A Merry Marrying Song;" "January 20, 1989;" "February 19, 1989;" "Pelted By Beauty;" "I Thirst;" "Potter;" "six Christmas Poems." Folder 5a is from materials received from the estate in 2015.
129 6 "Introit," 1990 5 item
Includes copy published in Angels & Mortals: Their Co-Creative Power.
129 7 1990 27 items
"A Westerner Visits Australia;" "In Memoriam Sarah Jane Herman;" "Love Poems;" "The Shaman Comes Home."
129 8 Imagine Inventing Yellow, typescripts, 1991 13 items
Contains poems; drafts of preface; poem lists; letters from publisher; cover maquette.
129 9 1991 3 items
"They Are Sleeping;" "Dream for Michael Cerveris;" "After the Black Firing."
129 10 "Dear John Cage," 1992 6 items
Includes letters. One photocopy of letter to Cage with poem "For John."
129 11-11a 1992 circa 13 items
"A Painting;" "For Burt the Temple Dancer;" "Morning Prayer;" "In the Garden;" "For Burt The Temple Dancer." Folder 11a is from materials received from the estate in 2015.
129 12 "Musical Etudes on the Theme of Hope," 1993 3 items
129 13 1993 6 items
"December 20, 1993;" "A Love Poem for Dartmoor;" "Morning Notes;" untitled poem published in The Tule.
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129A 1 "Notes from an Aboriginal Walkabout," 1994 3 items
Includes published copies from Creation Spirituality magazine and Journal for Anthroposophy.
129A 2 1994 22 items
"Studio Notes;" "Why Do We Think We Have Not Been Here All Along;" "Sweet Corn;" "Promethea;" "Orientation;" "The Movies;" "Eco-lalia."
129A 3 Before the Beginning, typescripts, 1995 2 items
129A 4 1995-1996 12 items
"For Carolyn Bilderback," 1995; "The Beginning of My 80th Calendar Year," 1996; "From Note to Diane Di Prima," 1996; "A Painting to Music," 1996; "They Are Sleeping," 1996.
1997-1999
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129A 5 Poems 24 items
"For David Tudor," 1997; "Four Summer Poems," 1997; "Evening Primrose," 1997-1998; "Poems from Colored Books," 1997; "Family Day," 1997; "Amy's Chalices," 1998; "Bouquet," 1999.
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217* 3 Oversize poem 1 item
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35 9 Poetry, with analysis by the author, 1957-1960 4 page(s)
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130 1 Poetry for unidentified compilation, 1950-1987 45 items
130 2 Christmas poems, 1966-1980, undated 31 items
130 3 Holy poems, undated 3 items
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35 13 "Just as I suspected," undated 16 page(s)
Assorted poems, undated
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130 4-7a Poems circa 230 items
Folder 7a is from ADD3.
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217* 4 Oversize poem 1 item
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35 14 Assorted handwritten poems, undated 30 page(s)
Includes notes and sketches. For more Richards's poetry, see also Series I, box 1, folders 6 and 7.
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35, 130 Poetry notebooks, undated 2 items
35, 130 Lists of Richards's poems, 17 items
Sorted by date and including some publication information.


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